Existential and Self Processes Lab

 Journal Articles

Davis, W. E., Hicks, J. A., Schlegel, R. J., Smith, C. M., & Vess, M. (in press). Authenticity and self-esteem across temporal horizons. The Journal of Positive Psychology. 

Vess, M., Schlegel, R. J., Hicks, J. A., & Arndt, J. (in press). "True" self-conceptions influence affective responses to personal shortcomings.  Journal of Personality.

Routledge, C., Juhl, J., Vess, M., Cathey, C., & Liao, J. (2013). Who uses groups to transcend the limits of the individual self? Exploring the effects of interdependent self-construal and mortality salience on investment in social groups. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 483-491.

Routledge, C., Juhl, J., & Vess, M. (2013). Mortality salience increases death-anxiety for individuals low in personal need for structure. Motivation and Emotion, 37, 303-307.

Vess, M. (2012). Warm thoughts: Attachment-anxiety and sensitivity to temperature cues. Psychological Science, 23, 472-474.

Vess, M., Arndt, J., & Cox, C. R. (2012). Faith and nature: The effect of death-relevant cognitions on the relationship between religious fundamentalism and connectedness to nature. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 333-340.

Vess, M., Arndt, J., Routledge, C., Sedikides, C., & Wildschut, T. (2012). Nostalgia as a resource for the self. Self & Identity, 11, 273-284.

Schlegel, R. J., Vess, M., & Arndt, J. (2012). To discover or to create: Metaphors and the true self. Journal of Personality, 80, 969-993.

Routledge, C., & Vess, M. (2012). More than meets the eye: There’s more to meaning maintenance than violated expectations. Psychological Inquiry, 23, 374-380.

Vail III, K. E., Juhl, J., Arndt, J., Vess, M., Routledge, C., & Rutjens, B. T. (2012). When death is good for life: Exploring the positive trajectories of terror management. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 303-329.

Vess, M., Arndt, J., & Schlegel, R. J. (2011). Abstract construal levels attenuate the reactivity of state self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 861-864.

Landau, M. J., Vess, M., Arndt, J. Rothschild, Z. K., Sullivan, D., & Atchley, R. A. (2011). Embodiment and the intrinsic self: Priming entity expansion heightens expression of the intrinsic self-concept in self-perceptions and interpersonal behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 79-87.

Routledge, C., Juhl, J., & Vess, M. (2010). Divergent reactions to the terror of terrorism: Personal need for structure moderates the effects of terrorism salience on worldview-related attitudinal rigidity. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 32, 243-249.

Vess, M., Routledge, C., Landau, M. J., & Arndt, J. (2009). The dynamics of death and meaning: The effects of death-relevant cognitions and personal need for structure on perceptions of meaning in life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 728-744.

Vess, M., Arndt, J., Cox, C. R., Routledge, C., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2009). The terror management of medical decisions: The effect of mortality salience and religious fundamentalism on support for faith-based medical intervention. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 334-350.

Arndt, J., Vess, M., Cox, C. R., Goldenberg, J. L., & Lagle, S. (2009). The psychosocial effect of thoughts of personal mortality on cardiac risk assessment by medical students. Medical Decision Making, 29, 175-181.

Cox, C. R., Cooper, D. P., Vess, M., Arndt, J., Goldenberg, J. L., & Routledge, C. (2009). Bronze is beautiful but pale can be pretty: The effects of appearance standards and mortality salience on sun-tanning outcomes. Health Psychology, 28, 746-752.

Arndt, J., Cox, C. R., Goldenberg, J. L., Vess, M., Routledge, C., Cooper, D. P., & Cohen, F. (2009). Blowing in the (social) wind: Implications of extrinsic esteem contingencies for terror management and health. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1191-1205.

Vess, M., & Arndt, J. (2008). The nature of death and the death of nature: The impact of mortality salience on environmental concern. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1376-1380.

Vess, M., & Arndt, J. (2008). Social support, money, and the Chicago Cubs: Toward a deeper understanding of symbolic pain management through metaphor and higher order goals. Psychological Inquiry, 19, 199-204.

Arndt, J., & Vess, M. (2008). Tales from existential oceans: Terror management theory and how the awareness of our mortality affects us all. Personality and Social Psychology Compass, 2, 909-928.

Routledge, C., Arndt, J., Vess, M., & Sheldon, K. (2008). The life and death of creativity: The effects of mortality salience on self vs. social-directed creative expression. Motivation & Emotion, 32, 331-338.

Book Chapters

Vess, M. (2013). Foundations of meaning: Death, the need for unambiguous knowledge, and the construction and maintenance of multi-level meaning. In J. A. Hicks & C. Routledge (Eds.), The experience of meaning in life: Emerging themes and controversies (pp. 271-283). New York: Springer Press.

Arndt, J., Landau, M. J., Vail III, K.E., & Vess, M. (2013). An edifice for enduring personal value: A terror management perspective on the human quest for multi-level meaning. In K. Markman, T. Proulx, & M. Lindberg (Eds.), The Psychology of Meaning. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Vail, III, K. E., Kosloff, S., Vess, M., & Ashish, D. (2012). Faith and finitude: Exhuming the death-denying function of religious belief. To appear in P. McNamara & W. J. Wildman (Eds.), Science and the world's religions: Volume 3: Religions and controversies (pp. 291-320). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Lieberman, J. D., Arndt, J., & Vess, M. (2009). Inadmissible evidence and pretrial publicity: The effects (and ineffectiveness) of admonitions to disregard. In J. D. Lieberman & D. Krauss (Eds.), Psychology in the courtroom (pp. 67-95). Hampshire, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 

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